There still seems to be issues with Jitsi failing to auto-initiate private
I just installed Jitsi stable on a new PC build and logged into a new
account, added myself as a contact and verified the contacts at both ends
(both ch3kr.net accounts). I enabled all the options to require private
messaging, auto-initiate, etc. I'm running 2.9.5441 but I wanted to avoid
issues and frequent updates on the new build as it's for someone not very
technically minded, so that has the stable 2.8.5426.
Starting a chat from the new PC and it did not auto-initiate a private
conversation. In fact, trying to do so manually timed-out but it still says
"Private conversation started". Trying to send a message failed with the
warning that "private messaging is required" so that part worked. If I end
the private conversation manually, the lock still shows it's trying to
establish a connection for some time and only times out a bit later, so the
two options don't seem to be syncronised.
Starting the chat from my PC and it did show immediately that the lock was
engaged and I was able to sent a secured message and then it was enabled on
the other end and I could send one back. Having said that, there weren't
any lock signs next to each message as it came through, which I thought I
saw before but maybe I'm getting confused with another program.
However, after I ended the chat and then re-opened it from my PC, there was
no longer even a Secure Chat tab in the menu or the lock icon to click. I
ended the secure chat from the main window (which incidentally toggles off
the auto-initiate setting) and after fiddling about a bit, I managed to get
the missing options to show up again when I opened the chat window but even
though I re-enabled auto-initiate, it no longer does that.
After I ended the chat from the new PC, opening the chat window from my old
PC the first time showed "x has ended the private conversation, you should
do the same" but if I'm opening the window it's because I want to chat, so
it should re-initiate the private conversation automatically, not make me
manually end it and then restart it. After I closed the window (without
doing anything) and re-opened it, the Secure Chat and lock icon entries had
disappeared again but they came back after closing and re-opening it a
couple more times.
I hope this feedback helps improve Jitsi.